1. Billboard Critics' Top 10 Albums of 2009

    December 16, 2009 3:36 PM EST Chart Article Now that you've examined our list of 2009's best-selling albums , take a look at what the Billboard staff subjectively chose as the year's best albums. Indie music came on strong, while R&B and straight-ahead rock 'n' roll are represented -- but it&…

  2. 'Celebration': Madonna's 40 Most Impressive Instants

    September 15, 2009 12:02 PM EDT Today's Chart Beat entry focuses solely on Madonna , who reaches a milestone in her legendary Billboard chart career. Spotlighting another artist in light of Madonna's latest feat would be, simply, immaterial. TAKE A BOW: 26 years to the chart week after notching her first No. 1 on…

  3. Chart Beat Thursday: Whitney Houston, Mariah Carey, Billie Holiday

    September 10, 2009 3:58 PM EDT SHE'S GOT THE 'LOOK': How long had it been since Whitney Houston presided over the Billboard 200? Until this week, the superstar last led when the soundtrack to the "The Bodyguard," credited as a Houston album in Billboard's archives, spent its 20th and final…

  4. 10 Must-Hear Back To School Albums

    August 28, 2009 10:48 AM EDT As the last of the summer festivals move the masses one more time before the weather turns and the bright, inescapable hits of the summer become nostalgia for the season passed, it's time to put on a sweater and head back to campus armed with Billboard's chronological crib sheet of…

  5. George Strait, "Twang"

    July 27, 2009 6:09 PM EDT George Strait put out his first album, "Strait Country," in 1981. After 28 years, you'd think it would be tough coming up with new twists to captivate audiences. But apparently not for King George, whose latest album, "Twang," is among the finest collections of songs…

  6. The Dead, Black Crowes Deliver At Rothbury

    July 05, 2009 8:40 AM EDT Forget Independence Day. Saturday was the day of The Dead at the Rothbury Festival, which came as no surprise to anyone paying attention to the plethora of Grateful Dead-related attire worn around the Double JJ ranch site or to the many Dead flags that popped up at virtually every other…

  7. Exclusive: How Michael Jackson's 'Thriller' Changed The Music Business

    July 03, 2009 1:12 PM EDT In early 1984, when Epic Records executives presented their slate of upcoming releases at the CBS Records convention in Hawaii, they couldn't resist playing up the success they were already having. So between the pitches for new albums, Epic inserted stock footage of semi trucks and a…

  8. Korn Recording Two New Albums, Prepping For Tour

    April 22, 2009 3:25 PM EDT A new Korn album -- the follow-up to 2007's "Untitled" -- could be out "within the year" according to bassist Reginald "Fieldy" Arvizu, while the group is also continuing work on a planned album of covers. Fieldy tells Billboard.com that he, founding…

  9. Killers, M.I.A. Cap Off Day Two At Coachella

    April 19, 2009 9:44 AM EDT As the sun was setting over the Empire Polo Field on Saturday (April 18), Arizona rock band Calexico lulled an attentive audience at the Outdoor Theatre with a collection of dusty, county-tinged tunes while just a few hundred yards away, New York's TV On The Radio bombarded the main…

  10. Ani DiFranco Readies New Songs For Tour, Album

    April 09, 2009 11:50 AM EDT It's a new day in Ani DiFranco's world as the singer-songwriter looks ahead to following up her 2008 effort "Red Letter Year." "I have a bunch of new songs that I've been playing and kind of workshopping on stage because at the end of this tour I'm going…

  11. Van Morrison / Nov. 8, 2008 / Los Angeles (Hollywood Bowl)

    November 14, 2008 12:00 AM EST In the waning moments of the Nov. 8 landmark performance of his 1968 album "Astral Weeks," Van Morrison offered his thanks to the Hollywood Bowl audience, quipping, "You've made a happy man very old." In the waning moments of the Nov. 8 landmark performance of his…

  12. Chart Beat: 'All Summer Long,' Jennifer Hudson, Raheem DeVaughn

    October 02, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Fred discusses hot chart action from the song "All Summer Long," Jennifer Hudson, Raheem DeVaughn's "Woman" and more! IT'S SUMMERTIME, SUMMERTIME: It's a rare event for two versions of the same song to appear on The Billboard Hot 100 at once, so it's…

  13. Rock, Relaxation Reign At All Tomorrow's Parties

    September 21, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Extreme sounds echoed through the halls of Kutsher's Country Resort during the second day of New York's premiere All Tomorrow's Parties festival. Extreme sounds echoed through the halls of Kutsher's Country Resort during the second day of New York's premiere All…

  14. Return to Forever / July 31, 2008 / Clearwater, Fla. (Ruth Eckerd Hall)

    August 07, 2008 12:00 AM EDT "This is a really thrilling night for me -- my hometown and everything," Chick Corea told a Tampa Bay area audience openly hyped about the first tour in 25 years by Return to Forever, the keyboardist' "This is a really thrilling night for me -- my hometown and everything,…

  15. Danielia Cotton

    August 06, 2008 12:00 AM EDT "I'm a little black girl who'll rock your world/So come move with me," Danielia Cotton croons on the opening line on the first track to "Rare Child," out May 20 in conjunction with Alternative Distrib "I'm a little black girl who'll rock your world…

  16. Blues Traveler Kicks Out The Jams On New Disc

    July 14, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Blues Traveler tapped into its live performance ethic in writing the songs for its new album, "North Hollywood Shootout," due Aug. 26 on Verve Forecast. Blues Traveler tapped into its live performance ethic in writing the songs for its new album, "North Hollywood Shootout,"…

  17. Erykah Badu w/ The Roots / May 30, 2008 / Chicago, Il (The Chicago Theatre)

    June 04, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Like many a pop eccentric before her, from Prince to Bjork to Nina Simone, Erykah Badu isn't half as crazy as she sometimes seems. Like many a pop eccentric before her, from Prince to Bjork to Nina Simone, Erykah Badu isn't half as crazy as she sometimes seems. Yes, she spent a lot…

  18. Chart Beat Chat

    May 30, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Fred and his readers discuss Death Cab for Cutie, gay and lesbian artists, David Cook and more! MAKE ROOM FOR CUTIE Death Cab for Cutie claims its first No. 1 album with "Narrow Stairs" and no write-up in Chart Beat? That achievement is certainly more newsworthy than reporting on…

  19. Don't Call 'Em Duets

    September 26, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Robert Plant shocked many by agreeing to play a one-off show with Led Zeppelin in November in London. But he isn't particularly concerned that his fans might be taken by surprise by "Raising Sand," hi Robert Plant shocked many by agreeing to play a one-off show with Led…

  20. Timbaland Unseats Rihanna On U.K. Singles Chart

    July 30, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Timbaland's "The Way I Are" (Interscope) featuring Keri Hilson ended Rihanna's epic run at the top of the U.K. singles chart yesterday (July 29), outselling Kate Nash's "Foundations" (Fiction/Polydor) Timbaland's "The Way I Are" (Interscope)…

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